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U.N. cultural agency UNESCO granted its prized World Heritage status to a prehistoric cave in southern France Sunday, one renowned for containing the earliest known figurative drawings.The opening of the cave, located around 25 meters underground, was closed off by a rockfall 23,000 years ago.It lay undisturbed until it was found by three French cave experts and almost immediately declared a protected heritage site in France.Access has since been severely restricted and fewer than 200 researchers a year are allowed to visit the cave, which stretches into several branches along about 800 meters and at its highest reaches 18 meters.UNESCO delegates are meeting for 10 days in Doha to consider the inscription of 40 sites on the World Heritage List and issue warnings over already-listed locations that may be in danger.
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